BEIJING -- China's car output surged 110 percent in March from a year earlier to 156,700, but growth slowed from a 160 percent surge in February, the State Statistical Bureau said on Monday.
"Car output in March doubled for the third straight month and the full-year growth rate will approach or surpass that of last year, but the pace could slow from the second quarter," the bureau said in a statement on its Web site: www.stats.gov.cn.
Output of China's top automaker, the First Automotive Works, surged nearly 70 percent year-on-year in March to 28,900, while that of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp hit 46,500, up nearly 70 percent from a year earlier, it said.
The Shanghai automaker sells most passenger cars in China through joint ventures with General Motors and Volkswagen AG.
The bureau has said the 339,000 cars rolled out of factories in the first quarter of this year, up 120 percent from the same period of last year.
China produced 114,200 cars in February, up 160 percent from a year earlier, the bureau has said.
Foreign automakers like General Motors and Volkswagen have been flocking into China to tap a market which has ballooned in recent years alongside rising personal incomes due to robust economic growth.
Annual car sales in China broke the one-million mark for the first time last year, surging 56 percent to 1.126 million. Car output hit 1.09 million, up 55 percent.